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Subject"kernel BUG at page_alloc.c:102!" (kernel 2.4.20)

On a relatively idle system (used mainly for syslog things) that had
been up for ~42 days, kswapd croaked and the kernel claimed (sorry if
these lines are wrapped):

kernel BUG at page_alloc.c:102!
invalid operand: 0000
CPU: 0
EIP: 0010:[__free_pages_ok+68/656] Tainted: P
EFLAGS: 00010286
eax: c11703ec ebx: c151fabc ecx: c151fad8 edx: c0254c9c
esi: 00000000 edi: 00000010 ebp: 000001f5 esp: c16f5f14
ds: 0018 es: 0018 ss: 0018
Process kswapd (pid: 5, stackpage=c16f5000)
Stack: d7b64dc0 c151fabc 00000010 000001f5 c0136d2c c151fabc 000001d0 00000010
000001f5 c01351b9 d7b64dc0 c151fabc c012cb52 c012db8b c012cb8b 00000020
000001d0 00000020 00000006 00000006 c16f4000 000021dd 000001d0 c0254e34
Call Trace: [try_to_free_buffers+140/224] [try_to_release_page+73/80] [shrink_cache+498/784] [__free_pages+27/32] [shrink_cache+555/784]
[shrink_caches+86/128] [try_to_free_pages_zone+60/96] [kswapd_balance_pgdat+65/144] [kswapd_balance+22/48] [kswapd+157/192] [kernel_thread+40/64]

Code: 0f 0b 66 00 53 f6 21 c0 89 d8 2b 05 f0 20 2b c0 69 c0 a3 8b

The box is essentially a LinuxFromScratch (actually a severely
overhauled SuSE 6.2) box. Vanilla kernel 2.4.20 (no patches), glibc
2.2.5, gcc 2.95.3. It's all running on an Abit KT7A mainboard (Athlon
1.4GHz) with 640MB or so of RAM.

I rebooted the box but it hung when trying to turn off swap. :-) (BTW,
is there a means by which to "restart" kswapd if need be?)

I've been using 2.4.20 since a few days after its release. This is the
first time I've seen this "kernel BUG"; I have absolutely no idea what
triggered it, nor how to reproduce it.

If you need more info, just ask!

Keith R. John Warno [SA, Valaran Corporation]
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